This weekend is the perfect time to add some serious seasonal curb appeal to your home! With 22 days to Halloween, now is the perfect time to pull out your annual decorations and carve up your Jack-O-Lantern.
Pumpkin carving makes for a fun family tradition or chance to celebrate fall with close friends. If you're not looking to carve this weekend, The Sweetest Occasion offers free printables to invite friends over for a Pumpkin Carving party. Their printables can be found here. The blog also includes some simple decoration ideas for your party and even offers you a delicious recipe for Spicy Pumpkin Seeds. Use this recipe or your personal favorite to roast pumpkin seeds during the party and have everyone bring their favorite fall dish to share. Why not use their recipe card to have your friends share their recipes with everyone there? The printables; including the invitation, recipe card, and spicy pumpkin seed recipe, are free and can be downloaded in PDF format.
Before you start, don't settle for the generic patterns that come with your carving tools. Instead try to find some unique, fun patterns. Searching the internet for free carvings patterns will yield tons of results, but the Queen of Free offers links to hundreds of these free patterns. Their complete list can be found here.You can even offer friends and family several patterns to choose from if you host a carving party.
If you’re looking to change things up, try a new carving technique or paint your pumpkin. One trend circulating social media is to use a drill to carve unique designs. The Garden Glove offers step by step instructions to follow this method. Their tutorial can be found here. They even offer a tip to make your pumpkin last longer. Simply dip your creation in a solution of one tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water, then let it dry. This will stop mold from growing and keep your artwork from decaying before the holiday.
Painted pumpkins will last almost the entire season, so why not use it as decoration all fall long. While not as fun as gutting and carving, painting yields just as beautiful results. Use a water based semi-permanent paint or puffy paint and have fun creating. This year’s trends for painting include monograms, house numbers, words, and some of your favorite cartoon characters. Painting is also a method that requires no sharp objects and less supervision for kids.
Whichever method and in whatever setting you decide to carve your annual décor, the important part is to have fun and make memories with others.
Happy carving everyone!